• Car Review

2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Review

By Autolist Staff | April 24, 2019

Summary

When it comes to the workhorse of the truck market, The Ram has been a leader for several years. In fact, it’s the third best-selling vehicle in the U.S., just coming in behind the Ford F-Series, specifically the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado. Considering the popularity of these trucks, that's a pretty big achievement.

The 2019 Ram 1500 is considered a great “all-around” truck. As such, it appeals to a wide array of buyers. The Ram is able to set itself apart from the competition (think F-150, Tundra, and Silverado) thanks to the upscale interiors, excellent infotainment system, and coil-spring suspension, which have all been updated for this year's model.

When it comes to new and fresh, you’ll love the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 as it’s been completely redesigned, offering a more capable, more efficient, more comfortable, stronger and lighter truck than ever seen from this company in the past.

To be more specific, the truck is 225 pounds lighter than last year’s model, features an aluminum tailgate, engine mounts, and steering system, and the max payload has increased to 2,300 pounds. You can choose from several engine options including the 5.7-liter V8 or the 3.6-liter V6. Both the new engines feature the new and powerful eTorque mild hybrid systems.

When it comes to tech, there have been innovations here too, including a large 12-inch touch screen, bringing easy-to-see and use technology right into your cab.

Exterior

2019-ram-1500-exterior2

The frame of the Ram 1500 is made of 98 percent high strength steel. This material has helped to enhance the rigidity of the vehicle and reduce the weight by approximately 100 pounds. This, combined with the use of more aluminum throughout the body, has helped to effectively lighten the 2019 model by a huge 225 pounds.

This more robust chassis also contributes to the vehicle’s overall dynamics, along with a boosted work ethic. Some of the exterior design remodels have led to the FCA characterizing the new Ram as the most aerodynamic of all full-size pickup trucks (including models from Ford and Chevy).

The chassis mentioned above is supported by the new generation of the pneumatic suspension, with features including improved off-road performance, load leveling, and Frequency Response Damping.

If you enjoy spending time off the beaten path, then the new Off-Road package is right for you, which includes hill descent control, retuned damping, locking rear differential, and a one-inch suspension lift kit.

2019-ram-1500-exterior1

Interior Quality and Comfort

When it comes to rugged power and premium comfort, the 2019 model of the Dodge Ram 1500 delivers. Not only are drivers surrounded by luxury, passengers are too.

Each model, the Laramie, Big Horn/Lone Star, Longhorn, Warlock, Express, and Tradesman comes with its own set of distinctive colors, interior details, and premium materials, allowing you to customize the interior of your new Ram. In addition to offering a wide array of options for the look of your truck’s interior, there is also ample storage. You will find plenty of pockets and cubbies to keep gear, tools, and anything else you may need. If you opt for the crew cab option, you have even more storage than the other trims. You'll never run out of storage space when you opt for the latest model of the Ram 1500.

2019-ram-1500-interior1

Perhaps the most impressive feature is the Uconnect 4C NAV that comes with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, as well as HD radio, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and more. The fact is, the features list is so vast, it's impressive to even industry experts.

The Texas Laramie Longhorn trim offers etched scrollwork on the metal trim, along with belt buckle closure straps for the seat pockets. The rear seat has been upgraded, providing passengers three additional inches of legroom. Even better – the backseat (like the front) can recline up to eight degrees.

Utility & Practicality

The center console inside the truck is spacious enough to hold a six-pack of cans or a laptop. If you need more space inside, the rear seats flip up, providing you with a flat load floor for any taller items you may need to haul. The RamBins are found under the rear floor and hidden by the floormat, making this the perfect location to keep smaller, must-have items (i.e. first aid kit, jumper cables, etc.) out of sight.

2019-ram-1500-interior2

The RamBox option has returned for 2019, providing you with in-bed storage. The truck’s tailgate is made out of the lightweight aluminum, and it has now been fitted with the lift-assist feature. An innovative addition is the ability to lower the tailgate from the cab or by using your key fob.

Technology & Infotainment

The 12-inch vertically set Uconnect infotainment system screen is unlike anything else found in the full-size pickup realm (yes, that’s right – it outshines Nissan, Ford, and Chevy!). Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard with the truck's audio system, along with the onboard Wi-Fi hotspot.

The in-cab screen is touch sensitive and easy to navigate, offering crisp graphics and large icons. You can run two functions at the same time, allowing you to utilize navigation data or audio while accessing the climate control option.

When it comes to charging your devices, the Ram 1500 has you covered. There are several charging options available, with five USB ports Type A, along with four USB-C outlets, two 115-volt ports, a 12-volt outlet, and a wireless charging pad.

Safety & Driving Assistance

With the Ram 1500, you have a smarter way to tow thanks to the blind spot monitoring feature that offers rear cross path detection, along with trailer detection. These features scan the potential areas where you may have blind spots behind your truck to help make sure you can safely maneuver, while automatically accounting for and sensing the length of your trailer. With older trucks, and other brands like Chrysler, Jeep, Chevy, and Ford, you have to do this manually.

Some of the other safety features offered by this model include smart cruising, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and guided parking, offering perpendicular and parallel park assist. The new 360-degree surround view camera offers you a complete picture of what’s going on around your vehicle, making unloading, hooking up a trailer, loading, and parking easier.

Up to 98 percent of the steel used in the frame is considered high-strength steel, making this the strongest Ram 1500 ever built. In addition to the strong frame, you also have protection from six standard airbags, providing you with plenty of peace of mind, while the adaptive venting technology in the front passenger and driver airbags help to provide another layer of protection.

Driving Experience

The 2019 model of the Dodge Ram 1500 is going to be available in Crew Cab or Quad Cab options. It’s also the only truck in this class to offer the mild-hybrid assist feature.

Provided as a standard option on the 3.6-liter V6 option, eTorque is also going to be available on the 5.7-liter Hemi V8. This 48-volt eTorque motor-generator will provide you with boosts of additional power – in fact, you get 130 pounds/feet of torque. If you add that to the already impressive 410 pounds/feet of torque and 395 horsepower, you have plenty of extra power to ensure safe highway passing, and supplemental power when running your various in-cabin systems while idle.

If you are planning to travel long distances, you will quickly find the Ram 1500 is one of the most comfortable options available for sale today. This is attributed to the five-link rear air suspension setup. The truck is available in several trim levels, with both two- and four-wheel drive options available, as well as both Crew and Quad cabs, along with two different bed lengths.

Fuel Efficiency

With the eTorque system in place, you gain an extra level of efficiency and fuel economy not offered by other models. In fact, the electric assist it provides is good for about 19 miles per gallon, compared to the 17 miles per gallon of the non-eTorque V8.

The official numbers from the EPA show that the Ram 1500 can get up to 20 miles per gallon in the city, and 25 miles per gallon on the highway – this is combined with an average rating of 22 miles per gallon just with rear-wheel drive. If you compare that to last year’s model, you see the increase as the 2018 had a rating of 17 city, 25 highway, and 20 combined.

If you want to see how it stands up to the other trucks in its class, take the Chevy Silverado, for example. The 4.3 liter, V6 engine gets 18/24/20 and the Ford F-150 has 20/26/22.

Pricing and Value

The 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 is considered a good value for the money.

The most affordable trim, the Tradesman starts at a base price of $31,795, featuring an eight-speed automatic transmission with OD and auto manual. It’s available in 11 exterior colors and offers seating for six. Standard features include your infotainment system, passenger vanity mirror and folding mirror, dashboard storage, remote keyless entry, and class III trailering with harness, hitch.

The Big Horn/Lone Star trim starts at $36,040, with seating for five to six passengers, and 11 exterior colors to choose from. Add ons to the standard features including the trailer tow group for $400, the sport appearance package for $1,195, and the premium lighting group for $995.

For the Laramie, with a 140.5-inch wheelbase, you can expect to see prices starting at $39,940 with seating available for five to six individuals. Some of the features that come standard with this trim include an eight-way power driver seat, chrome/metal look interior accents, door mirror memory, and audio memory.

The Big Horn starts at $42,240, provides a standard 4wd configuration, and seats five to six people. With this trim, you can opt-in for the protection group at $395 or the off-road group that features an E- locker rear axle, along with a front suspension skid plate, and fuel tank skid plate.

If you want the rebel, you can expect to pay $44,240 starting and choose from six exterior colors. There is room for six in the cap, and this particular truck has a combined MPG of 22. Some of the standard features with this trim include a valet function, five USB ports, power windows, and heated front seats.

The Longhorn Crew Cab, four by two truck offers seating for five and starts at $50,640. With eight exterior colors to choose from, you can customize your truck to your particular style and taste. Standard features include heated front and back seats, leather or genuine wood steering wheel, leather dashboard and chrome interior accents.

The Limited trim is the top-of-the-line option when it comes to the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500. You can expect prices to start at $52,995 and go up from there. With seating for five, this trim offers chrome exterior accents, along with heated seats, adjustable pedals, nine USB ports and more.